Failing to Plan the Electrical Outlets and Plumbing
No matter the renovation project, having a detailed blueprint of the electrical wiring and plumbing pipes is essential. To arrive at a functional and safe plan, first determine how you will use your basement. Do you want to install a bathroom and create a bedroom for your teenager? Will this be the laundry room’s location so that the noise from the washer and dryer doesn’t bother you while you watch TV, eat dinner, or have people over? Or is this where you will store the boxes you haven’t had time to unpack yet?
Having decided how you will use your basement, you won’t end up placing outlets or laying pipes in the wrong place or omitting to do so where you need them.
Ignoring Moisture Issues
High humidity levels can wreak havoc everywhere in your home, but especially in the basement. Poorly managed moisture issues can lead to mould that can harm all members of your family. Make sure there is no water infiltration problem and check your basement’s relative humidity before embarking on expensive renovations.
Failing to Prepare a Proper Work Plan and a Not Budgeting for Contingencies
Before you start tearing anything down or putting anything up, devise a detailed plan of all the work you want to carry out, then obtain costs estimates. This will let you know from the get-go if you have enough money for the project or if you need to take out a loan.
In addition to your budget, you should also set aside a few hundred or thousand dollars to deal with the surprises that frequently come up during renovation work.